Blogs are such an amazing source of information. I first heard about this particular place from SC of Food4Thot's blog in February 2007. For the longest time this remained on my "to do" list which I finally got to. I was partly cursing myself after I ate here since I should have found it earlier. Oh well, better late than never I reckon.
Ever since I ate here, I've been persuading friends to go try this - usually those who even live nearby are surprised there's yummy char siu right next to their doorstep. Even my mother loves the char siu here - tender with a not too sticky coating on the outer layer. The best part is even the lean bits are tender so you don't need to be so sinful and order the fatty parts. My mother reckons this char siu is highly similar to the Overseas version with the tender pieces and sticky coating. For those who prefer it really sweet, they serve the char siu sauce on the side.
Aside from the char siu which emerges fresh from the oven around 10am to 10.30 am every day except Tuesday, this place also serves Seremban favourites like Hakka Mee and Cuttlefish Beehoon. I'm also impressed with the Hakka Mee which is now fast becoming a permanent fixture in coffeeshops in town probably since the noodles is made without any lye water (kan sui). It has a very homey feel to it as the minced meat is pale colour and a soupy broth is added to the noodles. As usual my benchmark for great food is my mother and she who hates Hakka Mee also said this passed with flying colours. Although they serve fishballs, loh shue fan and etc, I must admit I usually stick to the char siu and Hakka Mee which are my all time favourites.
The only downside about this place (can't be totally perfect right?) is service can be quite slow especially during peak times. However with my numerous visits here, I noticed a slow improvement. They have these orders written in paper - once you hail the owner down to place your order, he will then pass it to the kitchen at the back and the counter in front where they keep the char siu. After the orders are placed, food is actually served quite efficiently.
Overall I reckon this will be my mainstay for yummy char siu in Petaling Jaya while Meng Kee Char Siu also holds a soft spot for me especially if I am in town or in Shah Alam.
Famous Seremban Favourites Restaurant
No. 80-1 (Ground Floor)
Jalan PJU 1/3B
Sunway Mas Commercial Centre
47301 Petaling Jaya
Tel No: 017 - 279 8582
(Non Halal. Business starts at 7.30am with noodles and etc but the char siu is only ready around 10.30 am (it takes about 3 hours in the oven). The place closes by 5pm but the char siu can sell out by 2pm depending on the crowd. The easiest way to get here is vide Kayu Ara. Turn towards Tropicana golf course from the Kayu Ara highway. Instead of straight through the tunnel to Tropicana, make a left turn at the traffic lights. Pass by Megah Mas and Mutiara Oriental Condominium, take a left at Kayu Nasi Kandar, Aman Suria and drive pass the shophouses. You will emerge at Sunway Mas which is hidden behind. Take a right and then you will drive past a multi storey carpark and the famous Ipoh white coffee shop. (Note that Sunway Mas is a lot of one way streets) Take another right, drive straight and then take the next right. Drive down the row of shophouses and you will pass by Chan Kee on your right and the Hainanese place, My Kitchen on your left. Take the next right and you will find the shop next to Teo Chew Meng on your right. During peak times, you will find people double parking in front of the shop.)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.
Tagged with: Malaysian Food + Char Siu + Hakka Mee